Eruption explores notions of a manipulated, beautified world on the constant verge of collapse. Contemplating the inevitable rise and demise of complex systems throughout history. Envisioning moments in time that reflect a tumult lurking just beneath the surface, threatening to rupture with magnificent force. A place where spiritual effluvia roams through space, leaving behind husks of the living things it once occupied, where new forms of life will again flourish with time.
Inspired by natural and supernatural processes of transformation, the work depicts fantastic metamorphoses of extraordinary subjects. Portions of the image may be decipherable, suggesting a current state, while there are others that may foretell what the form will be in the future, and still others recall past incarnations. The finished piece becomes a snapshot of numerous brief, ephemeral moments charged with perpetual tension. The work is inspired by disparate sources: from Francis Bacon to Hieronymus Bosch, as well as anatomical, botanical and geological studies, and science fiction films of the 1970-80s. They reveal to me a long standing investigation into the mutability of biological states. Any organism — plant, animal, bacteria — left to the earth’s natural cycles become chemically hybridized forms, subject to further varied expressions of inherently the same matter. Striving for awareness that through these massive shifts, though the process may be difficult or appear destructive or alien, something majestic and beautiful can be revealed.
My imagery is inspired by disparate sources: from work by artists Francis Bacon and Hieronymus Bosch, to anatomical, botanical and geological studies as well as science fiction films of the 1970-80s. They reveal to me a long standing investigation into the mutability of biological states. Any organism, living or not — plant, animal, or bacteria — left to the earth’s natural cycles become chemically hybridized forms, subject to further varied expressions of inherently the same matter. I render these paintings in a language drawn from the craft of horror because I am also interested in engaging with the fear of the unknown, the undecipherable, and a state of uncertainty. However, I believe there are moments of anticipated hope in my work, as well as awareness that through these massive shifts, though the process may be difficult or appear destructive or alien, something majestic and beautiful can be revealed.
Scott Greenwalt was born in St. Louis, Missouri 1974. Currently based in Oakland, California, he earned an MFA in Drawing & Painting from California College of the Arts in 1999 and a BFA in Drawing & Painting from the University of Central Missouri in 1996.
Greenwalt has had countless solo exhibitions throughout the entire West Coast frequently since 1995 and his work has appeared in the following in publications such as, Juxtapoz magazine issue 164, September 2014, Sioux magazine issue 10, August 2014, Juxtapoz magazine issue 155, December 2013, BL!SSS magazine issue 75, November 2013, Juxtapoz New Contemporary, 2013, Gingko Press book & ELOQUENCE international creators magazine, issue 55 October 2012.